Learning English is difficult.
Many grammar rules are confusing, vocabulary is hard to remember, and phrasal verbs are so confusing!
Sometimes you feel like you just want to give up.
That’s why today I wanted to give you five quotations in English about motivation. Some of these phrases may be new to you and some of them may be familiar.
These phrases have two purposes.
- To give you new vocabulary and phrases.
- To keep you motivated on your English journey when you encounter some obstacles.
When you need an extra boost of motivation, think about the sayings in this post!
English Motivational Phrase One: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lau Tsu
The main point behind this phrase is this: To go a long way- or to make progress- one has to start somewhere.
Even if you traveled 1,000 miles, you had to start with a single step. The same lesson applies for English learning. No matter what your level is, you had to start with the ABC’s and continue to build from there.
It is only after consistent action that you can see huge results in the long term.
So, if you are stuck right now, just remember to keep taking action! Keep studying, keep going on your English journey, because a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
English Motivational Phrase Two: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” – Originally a French Proverb
Rome is famous in history for being one of the greatest cities on earth. But it was not built in one day.
The main point of this phrase is that something great does not happen overnight.
Improving your English skills takes time, consistent effort, and planning. Just like Rome took time, consistent effort, and planning.
For example, if your friend in your English class seems like she is speaking English fluently and effortlessly, she probably put in consistent effort for years.
If your English skill is intermediate, but you want to take it to advanced, keep studying, and remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Then get back to studying. 😉
English Motivational Phrase Three: “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” Tom Hanks in the movie A League of Their Own
Learning anything is hard, especially another language!
There’s just so much to learn and to master. But if English were easy to learn, then everyone would speak it fluently and there would be no real value in English. It would be boring. 🙁
Think about your friends and classmates who speak English very well. I bet they studied hard and made lots of sacrifices. They still probably study hard today.
Think about this phrase when you have a obstacle in grammar, speaking, reading, or writing.
Some people will give up, because it’s not easy. But you won’t, because you know it’s not easy. And if it were, then everyone would speak English and it wouldn’t be a valuable skill.
But English is valuable, because if it were easy, everyone would speak it!
English Motivational Phrase Four: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Joseph P. Kennedy or Knute Rockney
This famous expression in English means when there is a tough situation or obstacle, the strong people will work harder and meet the challenge.
Are there tough situations in English?
When English becomes challenging, the strong person will continue to work hard to get over the challenge or obstacle.
Remember this phrase, and when you have a challenge, get going!
English Motivational Phrase Five: “Focus on the journey, not the destination.” -Unknown
This is one of my personal favorite sayings.
It means to enjoy the process of learning English.
Don’t focus on the end result, like getting a perfect score on a test.
Focus on the present moment and the process of learning English; it may be more enjoyable for you in the long run.
Besides, your English “journey” never really has an end. Even native speakers like me are constantly learning as the English language changes over time.
Many people find that if they focus on the fun and challenging parts of learning English, it becomes less stressful and they become more successful.
If you are stressed about learning English, try to enjoy it, and enjoy making progress.
Today you learned 5 motivational phrases in English.
Let’s review their meanings.
- A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step: Everyone has to start somewhere, and when you start and take action, you make progress.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day: Being successful takes time and planning and effort.
- If it were easy, everyone would do it: Things are challenging because if they were easy, there would be no challenge and no value.
- When the going gets tough, the tough get going: When there is a challenge, the strong people work harder to succeed and overcome the challenge.
- Focus on the journey, not the destination: Relax and enjoy the process of learning, instead of focusing on the result.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.
Do you have any of these sayings (or saying with similar meanings) in your language? Please share them below.
Thanks and remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!